Maria João Santos

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We investigated the involvement of mitochondrial-dependent apoptosis in Huntington's disease (HD) vs. control (CTR) cybrids, obtained from the fusion of human platelets with mitochondrial DNA-depleted NT2 cells, and further exposed to 3-nitropropionic acid (3-NP) or staurosporine (STS). Untreated HD cybrids did not exhibit significant modifications in the(More)
Intravenous IgG (ivIg) is a therapeutic alternative for lupus erythematosus, the mechanism of which remains to be fully understood. Here we investigated whether ivIg affects two established sub-phenotypes of SLE, namely relative oligoclonality of circulating T-cells and reduced activity of CD4 + Foxp3+ regulatory T-cells (Tregs) reflected by lower CD25(More)
BACKGROUND Frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) is the second most common early-onset dementia. Over the last few decades, a growing number of evidence suggests mitochondrial involvement in neurodegeneration, namely modifications of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) contributing to energy impairment. OBJECTIVE To sequence the 7 mitochondrially encoded complex(More)
1. This investigation was undertaken to determine the existence of pre- and postjunctional effects of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) in the cephalic vein of newborn dogs. For the sake of comparison, some experiments were also carried out on the veins of adult animals. 2. 5-HT reduced, in a concentration-dependent manner the overflow of tritium evoked by(More)
Intravenous IgG (ivIg) is a therapeutic alternative for lupus erythematosus. Relative oligoclonality of circulating T-cells in SLE has been reported. Also CD4+Foxp3+ regulatory T-cells (Tregs) have a characteristically reduced activity in SLE, reflected by CD25 surface density. Aiming to study the role of Tregs for ivIg therapy, we characterized Tregs and(More)
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